Saturn's Vue is a Delight

2008 Saturn Vue XR

The Virginia Pilot came away really impressed with the new Saturn Vue after driving it. The paper wrote that, "vehicles that are rewarding to drive, such as the Sky roadster, Aura sedan, and Outlook crossover SUV, have transformed the brand over the past year-and-a-half. And surprisingly, the 2008 Vue trumps them all."

Well-balanced in the best European tradition, it returns good road feel. You can experience this when traversing expansion joints along I-264. Instead of performing an automotive version of the chicken dance, the Vue responds with a reassuring calm. Absorbing bumps without fuss, rattle or acrobatics, keeping body lean in check during corners and boasting quick, direct steering, the Vue is very rewarding to drive. It's easily more fun to drive than its chief competitors, the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. It was well-equipped, with automatic headlamps, automatic climate control, AM/FM/XM/CD audio system, leather interior trim, navigation system, heated seats and trailering package. Other neat items include rain-sensing windshield wipers (which adjust their speed depending on how hard it's raining), heated windshield washer fluid, and a remote vehicle start. But aside from all the conveniences, it's the quality of the interior that will surprise you. Nothing rattles. The switchgear has a solid feel, superior to a recently test-driven Audi Q7. And like the Audi's, the interior is very sophisticated. If you haven't seen a GM interior recently, it will impress you.

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Hybrid Vue Due in 2006

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General Motors Executive Director of Hybrid Powertrains, Larry Nitz, recently talked with Automotive Industries for an article about advanced powertrains. A 42-volt belt alternator starter, so-called "mild hybrid" system, is slated to be introduced next year in the 2006 Saturn Vue Green Line.